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2022 Triple Crown Trail

Updated: 4/16/2022

It's that time of year again when the soon-to-be three-year-old Thoroughbreds start their campaign for the 2022 Kentucky Derby and dream of the elusive Triple Crown. There will be a prep race somewhere most weekends from now on until the Kentucky Derby to be run on May 7.

Keep checking back with this list as I will post results and links to recaps or stakes histories for all the races weekly. Only races which earn points toward getting in the Kentucky Derby field are included. Since trainer Bob Baffert is suspended from competing in the Kentucky Derby, none of his horses are eligible to earn points. You may also want to check the Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard since the points earned by contenders are what will determine who gets in the Kentucky Derby at entry time this year.

2021-22 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

Kentucky Derby Prep Season (21 races)

DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st (Points)2nd (Points)3rd (Points)4th (Points)
Sept. 18 Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Major General (10) Tough to Tame (4) Red Knobs (2) Bourbon Heist (1)
Oct. 1 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles *Corniche (0) Pappacap (4) Oviatt Class (2) *Rockefeller (0)
Oct. 2 Champagne Belmont Park 1 Mile Jack Christopher (10) Commandperformance (4) Wit (2) My Prankster (1)
Oct. 9 Breedersí Futurity Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Rattle N Roll (10) Double Thunder (4) Classic Causeway (2) American Sanctuary (1)
Nov. 5 Breedersí Cup Juvenile Del Mar 1 1/16 Miles *Corniche (0) Pappacat (8) Giant Game (4) Commandperformance (2)
Nov. 27 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles Smile Happy (10) Classic Causeway (4) White Abarrio (2) Ben Diesel (1)
Dec. 4 Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Mo Donegal (10) Zandon (4) Midnight Chrome (2) Mr Jefferson (1)
Dec. 11 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 Miles Slow Down Andy (10) *Messier (0) *Barossa (0) Durante (1)
Dec. 17 Springboard Mile Remington Park 1 Mile Make It Big (10) Osbourne (4) @Concept (0) @Classic Moment (0)
Dec. 26 Gun Runner Fair Grounds 1 1/16 M Epicenter (10) Tejano Twist (4) Surfer Dude (2) Kevinís Folly (1)
Jan. 1 Jerome Aqueduct 1 Mile Courvoisier (10) Smarten Up (4) Cooke Creek (2) Unbridled Bomber (1)
Jan. 1 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 Mile Dash Attack (10) Barber Road (4) Ignitis (2) Kavod (1)
Jan. 1 Sham Santa Anita 1 Mile *Newgrange (0) *Rockefeller (0) Oviatt Class (2) Mackinnon (1)
Jan. 22 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 Miles Call Me Midnight (10) Epicenter (4) Pappacap (2) Trafalgar (1)
Jan. 29 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles *Newgrange (0) Barber Road (4) Ben Diesel (2) Kavod (1)
Feb. 5 Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Early Voting (10) Un Ojo (4) Gilded Age (2) Grantham (1)
Feb. 5 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles White Abarrio (10) Simplification (4) Mo Donegal (2) Galt (1)
Feb. 6 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles *Messier (0) Cabo Spirit (4) *Wharton (0) Sir London(1)
Feb. 12 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles Classic Causeway (10) Shipsational (4) Volcanic (2) Strike Hard (1)
Feb. 12 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate 1 1/8 Miles (AW) *Blackadder (0) Mackinnon (4) Del Mo (2) Il Bellator (1)
March 5 John Battaglia Memorial Turfway Park 1 1/16 M (AW) Tiz the Bomb (10) Stolen Base (4) Grael (2) Rich Strike (1)
 
Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)
 
DateRaceRacetrackDistance1st (Points)2nd (Points)3rd (Points)4th (Points)
Feb. 19 Risen Star Fair Grounds 1 1/8 Miles Epicenter (50) Smile Happy (20) Zandon (10) Pioneer of Medina (5)
Feb. 26 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 Miles Un Ojo (50) Ethereal Road (20) Barber Road (10) Kavod (5)
March 5 Gotham Aqueduct 1 Mile Morello (50) Dean's List (20) Golden Code (10) Life Is Great (5)
March 5 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 Miles Simplification (50) In Due Time (20) O Capitain (10) Emmanuel (5)
March 5 San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 Miles Forbidden Kingdom (50) Doppleganger (20) Happy Jack (10) Beautiful Art (5)
March 12 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 Miles Classic Causeway (50) Grantham (20) Shipsational (10) Golden Glider (5)
March 26 UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse 1 3/16 Miles Crown Pride (100) Summer is Tomorrow (40) Island Falcon (20) Bendoog (10)
March 26 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 Miles Epicenter (100) Zozos (40) Pioneer of Medina (20) Rattle N Roll (10)
March 27 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 1 1/8 Miles Slow Down Andy (50) Bye Bye Bobby (20) Pepper Spray (10) Fowler Blue (5)
April 2 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 Miles White Abarrio (100) Charge It (40) Simplification (20) Pappacap (10)
April 2 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park 1 1/8 Miles Cyberknife (100) Barber Road (40) f-Secret Oath (20) Doppelganger (10)
April 2 Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 1/8 Miles (AW) Tiz the Bomb (100) Tawny Port (40) Rich Strike (20) Dowagiac Chief (10)
April 9 Wood Memorial Aqueduct 1 1/8 Miles Mo Donegal (100) Early Voting (40) Skippylongstocking (20) A.P.'s Secret(10)
April 9 Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 Miles Zandon (100) Smile Happy (40) Emmanuel (20) Golden Glider (10)
April 9 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 Miles Taiba (100) Messier (40) Happy Jack (20) Armagnac (10)
April 16 Lexington Keeneland 1 1/16 Miles Tawny Port (20) Major General (8) In Due Time (4) Ethereal Road (2)
 
(T) = Turf           (AW) = Synthetic
Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement
* Did not accrue points because trainer is suspended by CDI from competing in 2022 Kentucky Derby
@ Did not accrue points because horse raced with Lasix

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